Earth’s Shaking

Earthquakes happen every day – literally! Humans have very “anecdotal” perceptions; that is to say, if a major earthquake hits “near home”, then we tend to assume that earthquakes are becoming more frequent and common. Is that the case? This lesson looks into our planet’s composition and just what earthquakes are all about! Earth is […]

Investigating Landform Mysteries

Lead students on a journey from Mars to the Pacific Northwest, where they will uncover geological mysteries and discover how to solve them. Since the first distinct images of Mars were captured and analyzed, scientists had concluded that water once ran on the surface of Mars. Erosion patterns were clear and matched similar patterns on […]


Hurricanes: A Welcome Event?

Hurricanes are among the most destructive forces in nature. Ask yourself this, are tropical cyclones always really an unwelcome event? Engage students by using some of the exciting Web tools and lessons to learn about these dynamic systems to find an answer to our question. This summer has “featured” high temperatures and drought across a […]

The Art of Science

Get back to basics by revisiting how concept maps and creative exploration of the scientific method can bring freshness to teaching science. Students often get pulled into learning methods that are very linear and left-brained. This may be particularly true in science, in which memorization, sequence, and rationale are primary tools for learning. To quote […]

Caring for our Blue Planet

A global celebration for our seas is about to take place! Mark your calendars on June 8th for World Oceans Day. This event is where people throughout the world pay tribute to the bodies of water on our planet that connect us. These waters are indeed our life support system. Water covers a vast majority […]


The oceans cover nearly 71% of Earth’s surface. Approximately 80% of our population lives within 60 miles of the Ocean (or the Gulf of Mexico). Their average depth is over 3700 meters and the deepest trenches reach 11,033 m (over 36,000 ft) below sea level! Oceans represent a food source, a control on climate, and […]

What’s Up with the Weather?

Just how is local weather driven by global forces? In order to understand what is happening at home as we dress for school truly depends upon what is happening all around the world! Record snowfall and cold temperatures hit much of the United States this winter. Even so, it is not unprecedented. A similar pattern […]

The Winter Beach

Crisp air, low humidity, and chilly water make for an exhilarating experience for those who visit the beach in the winter. With foliage off the trees and vines, new opportunities for discovery exist at this occasionally tranquil and peaceful time of year. The beach is one of the most dynamic places your students may ever […]


Waste Not, Want Not

Make Earth Day–or any day–meaningful by revving up your students to launch a local Reduce-Reuse-Recycle campaign. Every year, Americans generate more than 250 million tons of waste. In 1980, Americans were generally recycling or composting only about one-tenth of their garbage, meaning that most of it got dumped in the local landfill. Data from 2008, […]

The Night Sky

Clear skies, calm winds, and long nights. Yes, it is a bit cold, but with proper clothing you and your students have a natural laboratory to explore to your heart’s content! Teaching a unit like this enables your students to dream and imagine. The distances are so vast in space that “the amount of space […]

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